State Board of Ed approves video boards for Idaho, Boise St stadiums

State Board of Ed approves video boards for Idaho, Boise St stadiums
The Idaho State Board of Education has approved funding for new video boards in the University of Idaho's Kibbie Dome and Boise State's Bronco Stadium.

According to SBOE documents, Idaho will spend $1,151,858 on its 30x50-foot video board, to be installed in time for the 2013 football season.

Idaho's request details $364,537 of the total cost to come from internal funds allocated to University Support Services, which operates the Kibbie Dome. Remaining funds will come from donations to the Idaho Athletic Department and $550,000 in sponsorship money from the Idaho Potato Commission, Blue Cross of Idaho and Commercial Tire.

Boise State released cost information Wednesday evening, after the 5 p.m. deadline to submit a bid for the project passed. BSU requested $2 million for the project; $1 million funded by donations, $250,000 from the Learfield equipment stipend and the remaining $750,000 from BSU athletics reserves.

Boise State Director of Athletics Mark Coyle said the following in a statement provided by Boise State.

"We are constantly and aggressively looking for ways to enhance the fan experience at Bronco Stadium,” Coyle said. “A new video board is a priority for us, and one of the first steps in moving in that direction is gaining approval from the State Board of Education. We appreciate the Board’s support as we move forward."

Boise State's video board request lists a 33x60-foot video board, including "sound baskets and permanent advertising panels on the top and bottom."

Both proposed improvements were part of a single vote on 'consent items' unanimously approved by the board.